Yankees’ First Pitch Is Out of This World

April 16, 2008 07:00 PM
by Adam Hofstetter

An astronaut in the International Space Station will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of tonight’s game between the Yankees and Red Sox.

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When President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ opening game on March 31, he did so from the pitcher’s mound at Nationals Park.

NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman will throw out the first pitch for tonight’s Yankees game from slightly farther away: he’s currently living aboard the International Space Station, approximately 200 miles above Earth.

“Launching on the space shuttle and living aboard the International Space Station is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Reisman said. “But as a lifelong Yankees fan, throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees–Red Sox game is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

However, this is not a first for baseball, as a space shuttle commander threw a ceremonial pitch while in orbit in 1995. Over the years ceremonial first pitches have included every president since William Howard Taft, earned one mayor national ridicule, and even been made of ice cream.

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